6 Sep 2012
We don’t like to be beside the (UK) seaside
It’s the ultimate traditional British holiday, a couple of weeks beside the sea, probably with a pier, rock pools, stick of rock and donkey rides (in my case, they always seemed to be during a sandstorm on the beach at Rhyl). But however much we might like a staycation, family holidays are getting far more exotic according to a new survey.
When people were asked about their childhood holidays, the majority stayed in the UK with 60% heading to the seaside and 22% to a holiday park, according to HomeAway.co.uk.
But now beach and city breaks abroad are the most popular, with the number who count long-haul trips among their main holiday doubling.
For 18 to 34-year-olds, activity or adventure holidays are most popular, and we’re ditching campsites and B&Bs for hotels – the accommodation of choice for more than half of those surveyed, followed by self-catering holiday homes. And we’re packing in more travel, with 40% taking two to three trips rather than the single holiday which was most usual in the past.
Unsurprisingly, whatever destination we choose, we tend to book online rather than at the traditional travel agent or over the phone. But some classics endure – while we consider our mobiles to be a holiday essential, more than four in 10 still take books away, the same as used to on past trips.
Whether you choose to test your teeth on a stick of rock while reading is entirely up to you.